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Great Lines of Poetry

April is National Poetry Month! With 2 days left to go, what better time to start celebrating? Rather than share one specific poem, I thought I’d present you with a few lovely sentences from various poems that have stuck with me over the years. “I wish I had a heart like yours, Walt Whitman” -Jude […]

April 29th, 2013

PeRLs are Worth More than Gold

As April showers give way to May flowers, we’ll be making visits to 4th and 5th grade classes to talk up our amazing Personalized Reading List (PeRL) program. I know I am biased, but there probably isn’t another public library out there that offers such an outstanding service for readers of any age. (Sorry adults, […]

April 24th, 2013

One Book One Marin: Packing for Mars–Fin

“Getting humans on Mars is super easy… getting them here alive and not all dead and gross and squished – that’s harder.” – the Mars Sarcastic Rover Thus, we come to the end of our delightfully entertaining and occasionally too-scatological trip through space via Ms. Roach’s Packing for Mars. Final thoughts, anyone? Roach brings up […]

April 18th, 2013

Science, Dragons, and Revolutions: New Books for Older Readers

Rachel Carson and Her Book that Changed the World by Laurie Lawlor This beautiful new picture book tells the story of Rachel Carson’s life, from her nature-loving childhood through her 1962 publication of Silent Spring, the book that launched modern environmentalism. Carson was a biologist by training at a time when few women entered scientific […]

April 17th, 2013

One Book One Marin: Packing for Mars through Ch. 12

Well folks, we’re quickly approaching the end, and in short, I’m not sure what more Ms. Roach could cover. Our last two titillating chapters covered two popular pastimes: sleep and sex. Take note, all of you bed-lovers–spending too much time horizontally without exercise or weight-bearing motions will lead to a significant decrease in bone density.  […]

April 12th, 2013

Gorillas, Puppies and Blackbirds: New Books for Younger Readers

One Gorilla by Anthony Browne In this oversized counting book, Anthony Browne presents one of the most lusciously beautiful picture books that I’ve seen in a long time. The brightly colored, richly saturated portraits of chimpanzees, mandrills, baboons, macaques, and other members of the primate family fill each page, compelling the reader to pause and […]

April 10th, 2013

Just write! National Poetry Month

April was declared National Poetry Month 17 years ago by the Academy of American Poets. I’m lucky enough to know Jennifer Benka, the Academy’s executive director, and I was thrilled to hear her on PBS the other day. I was excited that she didn’t focus on all the reasons that poetry is important! meaningful! crucial!. […]

April 5th, 2013

One Book One Marin: Packing For Mars, Chapters 10 and beyond

  Houston, we have a problem…It appears that yours truly has slightly miscalculated the flight speed at which we should be reading. As a result, we’re behind schedule! I apologize for the error–next week’s blog entry will attempt to briefly summarize the book, and psych everyone up for attending the final event, where Mary Roach […]

April 5th, 2013